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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've heard mention of Eton shirts before, but exactly how good are they? I've picked up an Eton shirt in my neck size (17.5), but unfortunately the body of the shirt is much too big for me (38R in suits, so its impossible to find a fitting shirt outside of custom). The fabric is excellent, and the construction seems good. There are unusual features, such as convertable cuffs and an offset button on the chest pocket. The shirt overall seems very 'quality' and looks beautiful. 1) what is the normal retail price on Eton dress shirts? 2) what is the country of manufacture? the tag says 'Eton of Sweeden', but no real 'made in ------' tag 3) what other brands does Eton compare to? I'm planning on selling this on ebay, but there are very few listed at any given time, and the prices seem to be low. Is anyone interested in it? Color is light gray, beautiful fabric, 17.5 (euro 44). I might take some pics and list it in 'buying and selling'.
post #2 of 13
I'm of two minds when it comes to Eton shirts. On the one hand, I love the fact that these shirts travel extremely well. Eton's "non-iron" cotton still manages to look good after 18 hour flights, etc. That said, I find that the cotton simply doesn't "breathe" the way "normal" cotton does. For this reason, I would never trade-in my Borrellis, Charvets, etc. for a shirt collection that consists only of Eton. Still, the fabrics are nice and the workmanship and styling is nice. My understanding is that these shirts are made in Sweden. LJVA
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. The fabric does look amazing, and though it's been folded up on a shelf for a few days, it has wrinkled and creased very little. I can see how it might not breathe too well, as the weave seems very tight and the fabric is quite rich. Any other opinions?
post #4 of 13
I asked the clerk at my favorite mens store about Stenström and Eatons shirts some time ago. He said that the production of one of the brands had been mostly moved to the Baltic countries but the other was still made in Sweden. Problem is, I can't remember which brand was made locally but after a cursory search on the web it seems like Stenströms is made in Sweden so I guess Eaton is not. As for comparison to other brands I would lump Eaton with the second tier english shirts such as TM Lewin and Pink. I would rate Stenströms much higher but all of this is just based on some shirt petting in stores as I don't own any of the better Swedish shirts. Interestingly, Swedes take their shirts rather seriously and there are a lot of local shirt brands. Stores that only sell shirts and accessories are common downtown and in malls so it's a refreshing change from back home. B
post #5 of 13
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I asked the clerk at my favorite mens store about Stenström and Eatons shirts some time ago. He said that the production of one of the brands had been mostly moved to the Baltic countries but the other was still made in Sweden. Problem is, I can't remember which brand was made locally but after a cursory search on the web it seems like Stenströms is made in Sweden so I guess Eaton is not.
I'm sorry to disappoint you but both brands are manufactured in Estonia, except for about 20 % of the Eton shirts that are made at the original factory located in Gånghester, Sweden. Stenströms doesn't even make their MTM shirts in Sweden. /Mr Sweden
post #6 of 13
Does anyone remember the shirt brand, Daniel Shagen from West Germany? I remember in the late 70's,early 80's these were the top shirt carried by Louis of Boston.I recall their elaborate clear plastic collar bands and special pacakaging.I think back then they went for 125-175 apiece.I still have a couple in my closet.The collars are a bit small,but great cloth.
post #7 of 13
I love Eton shirts, particularly their slim fit model. Great fabrics, and the non-iron element is amazing. I own maybe seven or eight shirts from Eton, and plan on buying more.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Fashionslave View Post
Does anyone remember the shirt brand, Daniel Shagen from West Germany? I remember in the late 70's,early 80's these were the top shirt carried by Louis of Boston.I recall their elaborate clear plastic collar bands and special pacakaging.I think back then they went for 125-175 apiece.I still have a couple in my closet.The collars are a bit small,but great cloth.

I remember Daniel Shagen shirts. They seemed to just drop off the earth around 1982. They were expensive back then but well worth the price and I would be willing to pay double today if they are being made anywhere. I tried Googling it, and your quote was the only appropriate reference. So, I assume they are out of business. I have tried Eton. While Eton is nice, they don't fit or wear as well. If you ever track down Shagen, let me know.
post #9 of 13
I remember Daniel Shagen. They seemed to drop of the earth around 1982. They were expensive then but well worth the price. If I could find them now, I would gladly pay double, but since your question is the only appropriate reference that I got when I Googled them, they must be out of business. I have tried Eton, and, although they are nice, they often fit funny and do not wear as well as the Shagens did. Shagens were amazing. They never wrinkled, had fused collars and cuffs that the cleaners couldn't screw up, and fit.
post #10 of 13
Vman, I've never heard of a 38R suit wearer that also takes a 17.5 shirt! When you are my age and wear a size 42R or 44R suit(which you will), you'll probably take a size 21" shirt
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
LOL this thread is from 2004. I am really more of a 16.75 or 17 collar size now that I know how a correct-fitting shirt feels. I still take a 38 to 40 jacket, though.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by VMan View Post
LOL this thread is from 2004.

I am really more of a 16.75 or 17 collar size now that I know how a correct-fitting shirt feels. I still take a 38 to 40 jacket, though.

Ha, I didn't look at the thread start date!

I guess you liked your shirts loose, way back when
post #13 of 13
funny, I recently looked at this thread as there was an eton in my size on ebay. My $15 bid was outsniped by a $15.09 bid...too bad, looked like a nice shirt.
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